United Kingdom opposition leader calls Johnson's Brexit plans 'Thatcherism on steroids'

Anti-Brexit demonstrators hold flags and a banner outside Parliament in London Tuesday Oct. 29 2019

Anti-Brexit demonstrators hold flags and a banner outside Parliament in London Tuesday Oct. 29 2019

But the Tories said Labour's plan would result in "paralysing uncertainty".

Johnson also stressed Britain would be able to strike a trade deal with the U.S.in the coming months.

The UK Parliament is set to dissolve on 5 November; on 29 October MPs voted 438 to 20 to support Johnson's proposal to hold an early general election, with the European Union granting the UK another Brexit delay until 31 January on the same day.

Farage called Johnson's decision "truly regretable".

"What I can say respectfully to the leaders of all other parties is, alas, the only likely outcome of voting for them, rather than for us as Conservatives is that you're making it more likely that you will thereby get (Labour leader) Jeremy Corbyn".

"Given the chance, they'll slash food standards to USA levels where "acceptable levels" of rat hairs in paprika and maggots in orange juice are allowed and they'll put chlorinated chicken on our supermarket shelves", Corbyn told an assembled crowd in Essex. Senior NHS managers have said that would mean "higher prices for medicines" which will "pass on costs to both patients and the NHS".

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Shadow cabinet members Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry have both pledged to campaign to Remain instead of backing any Labour Brexit deal in a second referendum, causing division within the party.

Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein and the SDLP, a moderate nationalist party, agreed on Monday not to stand against each other in a handful of seats against the pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

"I want to get out around the country and remind people that the Labour Party have completely broken the promises they made to the British people", stated Farage.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC Labour was "sitting in the middle" between the Tories' hard Brexit and the Lib Dems' policy of cancelling Brexit altogether.

There is also the - so far - small Brexit party (a splinter from UK Independence Party), under the former Ukip leader, Nigel Farage.

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He said the Tories had delivered despite critics arguing "it couldn't be done" as he urged his allies to help him defeat Mr Corbyn on December 12 and cautioned a Labour government would be "calamitous" for the UK.

"The difference between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn is the difference between a Premiership goal scorer and someone who is, I'm afraid, a non-league player".

"Well, if Diane Abbott can not trust Jeremy Corbyn to get a good Brexit deal, why should any of the rest of us?".

The First Past The Post voting system used in the United Kingdom hurts smaller parties and, without a pact with the Conservatives, would give the Brexit party a chance of victory in only a handful of seats. If you want to remain in the European Union, you'll be able to vote for that.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson had a positive net score with 30 per cent saying she is doing badly and 32 per cent say she is doing well.

Corbyn, whose party is trailing the Conservatives in opinion polls, hopes to turn the debate from whether Brexit should happen to what kind of country Britain will be, regardless of how it resolves its relationship with the EU.

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